Sidney BOE reviews three proposed calendars

By Melanie Speicher - [email protected]

SIDNEY — Three proposed calendars for the 2022-23 school year were presented during Thursday’s Sidney City Schools Board of Education meeting.

Teachers Amy Baldauf and Deena Golden and Curriculum Director Brooke Gessler asked the board to approve one of the calendars which has four two-hour late starts for teacher collaboration meetings.

Baldauf and Golden described their school day, which begins before the contracted start time and ends late in the evening. Both got emotional when describing how they cared for their students and the need for the two-hour delays without interruption’s.

Gessler said the delays were written into the school calendar years ago but had been eliminated. Teachers will be held responsible, she said, for making the most of the delays for the betterment of the students.

The first calendar option has no late starts and a remove day for a teacher retreat. Options two and three are the same as the first option except option two has the two-hour late starts and no retreat day, while option three has the two-hour late starts and an added day to the calendar for a retreat day. The five late starts total 10 hours of teacher collaboration.

All three calendars call for the first day for students to be Sept. 6, 2022, and the last day of school for students May 24, 2023.

Treasurer Mike Watkins shared the district’s financial status with the board. The final property tax collections for the first half of fiscal year 2021 have been received and those collected for December were more than the budget by $476,713 (7.9% more).

The state foundation payments received for year to date in December were less than budget by $345,340 (4.34%). Through December, the formula was still not calculated correctly, he said, and the Ohio Department of Education was still using information from the previous school year.

For expenditures, salary and benefits continue to be less than budget by $509,593 (4.02%). Purchase services were also less than budget by $166,779 (5.88%). The overall expenditures continue to be less than budget by $722,776 (4.33%).

In other business, the board:

• Hired Deputy Mike McRill to replace Deputy John Linder as a security officer at Northwood Intermediate School. He will be paid $18 an hour.

• Accepted the resignation of Joni Dunham, Sidney Middle school cross country coach effective Jan 10.

• Hired Michael Hughes as a SMS custodian at a salary of $19.26 per hour and Lezlie Sullenberger as SMS assistant cook at $11.80 per hour. Both received one-year limited contracts.
• Approved early graduations for Jayden Bishop, Ryan Counts, Bayleigh Herring, Taylor Hughes, Evan Kennedy, Jenna Mays, Kara Mays, Jadah McMillen, Jacob Proffitt, Carson Roesser, Abigail Skelly, Arianna Skelly and Dalton Smith.
• Heard Nick Inman, of Sidney, and Deann Clayton, of Troy, congratulated the new members of the board of education. Inman said he disagreed with the way Superintendent Bob Humble responded to the student who had a playlist of songs they wanted played at a basketball game. He took offense at the terminology Humble used in his response to the student.
Clayton said she has had an evaluation of Humble’s which she has held onto for eight months.She gave it to the board for their review before Humble’s midterm evaluation on Jan. 16.
The board’s next meeting will be Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.

By Melanie Speicher

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.